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Introducing the HTML5 canvas element

In a Web coding class, in which students work with HTML, CSS and JavaScript, they should also have some exposure to the canvas. Here are the materials I’ve developed for a basic introduction: PowerPoint (on Slideshare): Introduction to HTML5 canvas GitHub repo (all examples and code) Live examples (Web pages to view) Exercises: Example files […]

Computer code that writes stories

It’s about the power of code, and it’s also about a UF J-school alum, Ken Schwencke (JM – 2009), who works on the Data Desk at the Los Angeles Times. Whenever there’s an earthquake, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) sends out email alerts. Schwencke set up an email account to receive those emails. This past Monday, an email landed in […]

Smarter(2): A list for journalism students

The Forbes digital content model and power of the long-tail. Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube referrals up 52%+ in past year. America’s Shackled Press.

Smarter: A list for journalism students

The One Tech Buzzword Every Journalist Should Know. “We’re still babies at it”: BuzzFeed Video’s strategy … NSA Files Decoded: What the revelations mean for you.

10 examples of bespoke article design and scrolling goodness

Have you been noticing all the pretty sliding/scrolling articles that are popping up around the Internetz? My students think they’re wonderful, and so do I. So let’s look at a roundup of some great ones. Of course we’ll begin with Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek. This New York Times multimedia feature had the world journalism community […]

Election 2012 maps: Showing data

This was the first U.S. presidential election in the post-Flash era. In 2008, data maps were made with Flash. Now the online mapmakers have moved on to other technologies, largely using JavaScript. Here are three examples, with a full view and a zoom of each: WNYC Radio, New York: LA Times/AP: Huffington Post, Visual.ly: The […]

5 examples of interesting data presentations

What do we mean when we say, “Data can tell a story,” or “Stories can be found in data”? (Click the image to view the project.) Above: From the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Pew Research Center. (More info.) Above: From OpenSlate, a market research firm; reported by Fruzsina Eördögh, at ReadWriteWeb. Above: […]